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VTA plans for  El Camino Real prompt skepticism

VTA plans for El Camino Real prompt skepticism


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Valley Transit Authority proposal to convert general-use right lanes on El Camino Real to bus-only use received a chilly reception last week.

A Valley Transit Authority proposal that prioritizes public transit alo...

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Schools

MVHS students attempt Guinness World Record

MVHS students attempt Guinness World Record


Barry Tonge/Special to the Town Crier
Local residents participate in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for making the most friendship braceletsNov. 9 at Mountain View High.

More than 300 Mountain View High School students gathered around...

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Community

Bigger, better days ahead for Foothill Veterans Resource Center

Bigger, better days ahead for Foothill Veterans Resource Center


Student veterans at Foothill College can seek support, access resources and socialize at the Veterans Resource Center.
Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Carmela Xuereb sees bigger things in store for the Foothill College Veterans Resource Center. One...

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Comment

Serving those who served us: Editorial

“Thank you for your service” often comes across as lip service to our veterans. As always, actions speak louder than words.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos has taken plenty of action, contributing time and money to improve opportunities for veterans th...

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Business

Report: Los Altos homes priciest in U.S.

Report: Los Altos homes priciest in U.S.


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The average cost of a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Los Altos is 30 times more than the price of a similar home in Cleveland, according to a Coldwell Banker report.

The average cost of one Silicon Valley home can purchase ...

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Books

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree


Author Tiffany Papageorge is scheduled to sign copies of new her book 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Papageorge’s “My Yellow Balloon” (Minoan Moon, 2014) is a Mom’s Choice “Gold” winner. In the book, the Los Gat...

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People

RICHARD CAMPBELL WAUGH

RICHARD CAMPBELL WAUGH

Richard Campbell Waugh of Los Altos Hills, Ca. died at home October 31, 2014 surrounded by his family and caregivers.

Dick was born 1917, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He earned a BS in chemistry from University of Arkansas and a PhD in organic chemi...

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Travel

Weekday Wanderlust highlights the joys of armchair travel

Weekday Wanderlust highlights the joys of armchair travel


Dan Prothero/Special to the Town Crier
Travel writers at the October gathering of the Weekday Wanderlust group include, from left, James Nestor, Kimberley Lovato, Paul Rauber, Marcia DeSanctis and Lavinia Spalding.

Travel writing should either ̶...

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Stepping Out

Pacific Ballet's 'Nutcracker' opens Friday in downtown Mtn. View

The Pacific Ballet Academy is back with its 24th annual production of “The Nutcracker,” scheduled this weekend in downtown Mountain View.

The story follows young Clara as she falls into a dream where her beloved nutcracker becomes the daring prince ...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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A year in the making: First Friday organizers celebrate anniversary with holiday event


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/

Shoppers browse inside Cranberry Scoop, located at 295 State St., during First Friday festivities marking the event’s one-year anniversary. Town Crier

First Friday organizers celebrated the monthly event’s first anniversary in style last week with a variety of holiday-themed festivities for the December “All Aboard for the Holidays” gathering.

The event included musicians and carolers performing throughout various areas of downtown Los Altos as children enjoyed free locomotive train rides and a visit from Santa Claus at 359 State St. In addition, Fiesta Vallarta, Maltby’s Restaurant & Tavern, Opa! and Ristorante Bella Vita hosted happy hours.

Organizer Joe Eyre told the Town Crier that First Fridays – a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation – originally started as a “social experiment” of sorts, citing the need to increase downtown vibrancy at night for merchants and shoppers alike.

Initially, he added, organizers from the grassroots group Los Altos Forward didn’t know what to expect when they kicked off the inaugural First Friday last year.

“We didn’t know what we were doing,” Eyre said with a chuckle about the event, featuring a different theme each month. “We just knew we wanted music and we wanted the merchants to stay open later.”

Eyre said organizers convinced approximately 25 downtown merchants to remain open until 8 p.m. for the initial event, which drew a sizable crowd and “set the stage for future events.” Since then, he added, First Fridays have consistently included the participation of 25-36 downtown merchants.

“I remember we were handing out Xeroxed copies of our program, which contained a map,” said Eyre, who estimated that 10-12 volunteers organize the event every month. “It was pretty basic, but the reception was great. We realized we were on to a good thing.”

And while the monthly event has gained in popularity, Eyre noted that a key part of its success stems from downtown visitors changing their shopping habits.

These days, he noted, several shoppers will purposely wait to purchase goods downtown until the monthly event occurs, because it offers the added benefit of serving as a social opportunity. Eyre added that the event has also caused several little-known downtown merchants to gain in popularity.

As for the future, Eyre said, organizers continue to work toward making First Fridays a part of the fabric that makes up downtown Los Altos.

“Hopefully we can keep this going. That’s the plan anyway,” Eyre said. “We don’t want to lose momentum now.”

For more information, visit www.losaltosfirstfriday.org.

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